Vasari Corridor

The famous corridor that runs over the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence

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    This impressive corridor runs for more than a mile and serves to connect Pitti Palace to the Uffizi Gallery. These days, the corridor has been used to house a number of impressive works of art and also serves as a separate museum, although entrance to the corridor can actually be found on the first floor of the Uffizi Gallery. One of the great things about the Vasari Gallery is that although hundreds of people pass by its door each and every day, most people are unaware of its existence and those in the know who do venture inside will find that it is much less crowded than many of Florence’s more famous museums and galleries.

     

    The impressive collection of artwork that can be found displayed along the walls of the corridor are mostly hail from the 16th and 17th centuries, while also of note is a unique collection of artists' self-portraits including artists such as Chagall and Andrea del Sarto to Chagall. The collection of artwork was started in the 17th century by Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici. The corridor is elevated high above the streets of Florence and as visitors make their way along they will be able to spy out through a number of small round windows at the people far below as they make their way along some of the city’s most enchanting streets. This is a great way to take in the sight of the gently flowing River Arno as well as the Ponte Vecchio and the striking Arnoto Ponte Santa Trinita.

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